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Natural Bridge Trails

Facility & Trail Maps
Locate trails and more on Natural Bridge's facility map, or use their interactive adventure map.


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The Original Trail (0.75 miles)
2135 Natural Bridge Rd.
Slade, KY
.75 mile trail, begins behind gift shop, easiest way to Natural Bridge, 500 ft. elevation increase, 4 trail shelters, ends at base of arch.

Due to Nature Preserve status, pets are not allowed on trails at Natural Bridge State Resort Park.
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Balanced Rock Trail (0.75 miles)
2135 Natural Bridge Rd.
Slade, KY
.75 mile trail, trailhead behind Hemlock Lodge, steepest trail in park, pass cave which leads to Original Trail, named for giant sandstone rock along trail
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2135 Natural Bridge Rd.
Slade, KY
.75 mile trail, trail forks off of Original Trail to the right, follows ridge above parking lot, pass foot of Devil's Gulch, ends beneath bridge
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Rock Garden Trail (1.75 miles)
2135 Natural Bridge Rd.
Slade, KY
1.75 miles, starts along Battleship Rock Trail, travels ridge above the lodge, ends at base of bridge
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Sand Gap Trail (7.5 miles)
2135 Natural Bridge Rd.
Slade, KY
7.5 mile, trailhead at upper end of Balanced Rock Trail, follows old logging road, descends steeply into Lower Hood Branch, climbs opposite side of valley for .2 mile then turns off road, difficult trail, allow 4-6 hours to complete
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Hoods Branch Trail (3.75 miles)
2135 Natural Bridge Rd.
Slade, KY
3.75 miles, trail begins under Natural Bridge, follows base of cliffs to Hood's Branch, 2 small footbridges, 2 options near end of trail to loop or continue out
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2135 Natural Bridge Rd.
Slade, KY
.3 mile, small unusual arch at beginning of cave, ladder leads to sinkhole
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Lakeside Trail (0.25 miles)
2135 Natural Bridge Rd.
Slade, KY
.25 mile, connecting trail for Whittleton campground, begins at campground road side parking lot, travels around lake below lodge, ends near gift shop
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Laurel Ridge Trail (0.75 miles)
2135 Natural Bridge Rd.
Slade, KY
.75 mile, begins atop natural bridge, follows rim of cliffs, travels to Lookout Point, stairways lead off the trail to other locations/trails, pass top of Devil's Gulch, trail ends at Loversleap with commanding view of canyon
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Low Gap Trail (0.5 miles)
2135 Natural Bridge Rd.
Slade, KY
.5 mile, trailhead located at Skylift parking lot, follow switchback to natural bench, follows through natural limestone gap, connects wih Rock Garden trail, other trail connections along Low Gap trail
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2135 Natural Bridge Rd.
Slade, KY
.75 mile, crosses Upper Hood's Branch of small wooden bridge, option to loop back or follow trail out
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2135 Natural Bridge Rd.
Slade, KY
2 miles, trailhead located at Whittleton campground, easiest walking trail in Red River Gorge, follows Whittleton creek, ends at KY 15, connector for trails in Red River Gorge, Whittleton arch may be accessed from this trail
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